The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has expressed concern over the online selling and purchasing of “fly-high” tablets that contain metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and ecstasy, a party drug.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr. said that the ongoing trend in the illegal drug trade using electronic commerce enables dangerous drugs to be sent to an address virtually anywhere in the world.
PDEA issued the statement following the arrest of Prabhjot Gill, 18, an Indian citizen, after he sold 223 orange “fly-high” tablets to a poseur-buyer during an entrapment operation conducted by combined operatives of PDEA Regional Office 3 (PDEA RO3), PDEA Special Enforcement Service and the Malate Police along Taft Avenue, Manila on March 24.
“Gill is reportedly a major distributor of ‘fly-high’ and ecstasy in Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon. He is also responsible for the bulk of said illegal drugs sold during a recently-held international music festival in Pampanga,” Cacdac said.
Investigations revealed that prior to his arrest Gill has purchased 500 pieces of ecstasy tablets from an online black market website using a peer-to-peer online payment service that shipped the illegal drugs into the country from the Netherlands through parcel post.
On April 2 personnel of PDEA RO3 under Director Jeoffrey Tacio, with the help of other agencies such as the Bureau of Customs, intercepted Gill’s package containing party drugs worth P750,000 at the Manila Central Post Office.
“Drug dealers have taken advantage of internet and other computer network technology in selling and delivery of illegal drugs through online marketplaces. We need to find ways and means to dampen this method of drug trafficking,” Cacdac said.